Star Walk Astronomy App for Kids with Hubble Photos

Astronomy App for Kids with Hubble Photos

I just tested out the Star Walk app.  My 5-year-old found it on my iPhone and pronounced it “really cool.” It shows you the night sky from your location.  This is actually quite small on an iPhone or iPod touch, so it will be more dramatic on an iPad (which I am dying to get but haven’t pulled the trigger yet — isn’t there a no tax day coming up in Massachusetts soon?!!).

I’m not much of an astronomer so much of this is wasted on me.  It has the lunar cycle by date, with information on Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn with a New Age music soundtrack.  Other information includes sunrise, day length, sun se,t and elevation.  I also found amazing Hubble photographs on the tab, “Picture of the Day.”  These truly amazing photos makes you realize how big the universe really is. The photos include:  Magificent Details in a Dusty Spiral Galaxy, The Spirograph Nebula, The Heart of the Whirlpool Galaxy, and my personal favorite, Nearby Dust Clouds in the Milky Way.

Other cool stuff:

  • Zoom in to see your exact location on earth.
  • Zoom out to see the sky from your location, assuming that you had superhero power telescopic vision.
  • See and identify those constellations that are not so easy to identify in the sky.
  • Sky Live to see the sky in real time.
  • Discover how the stars were aligned on your birth date.
  • Discover the names of stars.
  • Identify the stars above you.

For a mere $2.99, you can get the universe in the palm of your hand.  How often does that happen?!  Click on the top image to preview at iTunes Store.

By Mia Wenjen, PragmaticMom

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